Shedding Light on Dysphagia Associated With COVID-19: The What and Why
The most common symptom of COVID-19 in critically ill patients is ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome), with many patients requiring invasive or noninvasive respiratory support in the intensive care unit. Oropharyngeal dysphagia may be a consequence of the respiratory-swallowing in coordination common in ARDS or may occur following the respiratory support interventions. In this commentary, we highlight the risk and complications of oropharyngeal dysphagia in patients with COVID-19 and urge medical and rehabilitation professionals to consider dysphagia a prognostic complication, provide appropriate referrals, and initiate early interventions as appropriate.
dysphagia, speech language pathology, COVID, Communication Disorders
Mohan, R., & Mohapatra, B. (2020). Shedding light on dysphagia associated with COVID-19: The what and why. OTO Open, 4(2), pp. 1-2.
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